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Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) is known as a cardiac tonic and women's health tonic. It helps to regulate the menses, it promotes blood circulation, stimulates the development of new tissues , is a diuretic and helps to reduce swelling. To explore the characteristics, medicinal uses and prescribing considerations of this herb in more detail, check out the references indicated., 
AKA L. sibiricus in East Asia, Chinese Motherwort, yi-mu-cao
- Common Names: Motherwort
- Family: Lamiaceae
- Habitat: Leonurus cardiaca is native to Europe and has be introduced and naturalized in North America.
- Parts Used: Whole plant, but typically the root (45% alcohol)
- Constituents: alkaloids, cardiac glycosides (cardiac tonic activity), volatile oils
- Medicinal Actions: hypotensive, diuretic, antispasmodic, antithyroid, cardiac tonic, nervine,
In traditional chinese medicine Motherwort was used to promote longevity and strengthen the heart.
- Other Conditions
- nervousness, irritability, delirium tremens, typhoid with nervous excitability, nervous debility or unrest (e.g., at menopause)
The information provided is intended to augment the treatment from a naturopathic doctor or other trained medical professional. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition, if you are on any prescription medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Formulations and Preparation
- Tincture - 60-120 drops (long use required for therapeutic benefit, but his may also be due to insufficient dose used)
- Fluid extract - 30-60 drops
- Decoction - 60-120mL, every 1-3 hours, 2 tsp (2-4g) per cup
- Generally regarded as safe.
- Side-effects are generally not seen.
- Drug-Herb Interactions rare.
- Boon Heather, Smith Michael (2009) 55 Most Common Medicinal Herbs: The Complete Natural Medicine Guide Second Edition Institute of Naturopathic Education and Research, CCNM Toronto.
- Godfrey Anthony, Saunders Paul, Barlow Kerry, Gowan Matt (2011) Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Botanical Medicine, Advanced Botanical Medicine. V3 CCNM Press, Toronto.
- Stargrove Mitchell Bebell, Treasure Jonathan, McKee Dwight L (2008) Herb, Nutrient and Drug Interactions: Clinical Implications and Therapeutic Strategies.
- Brinker Francis (1997) Herbal Contraindications and Drug Interactions: Plus Herbal Adjuncts With Medicines, 4th Edition Eclectic Medical Publications.